A nearly unbelievable tale

Ignatius Press publishes book about pro-life hero Walter Hoye, who was jailed in 2009 for sharing the love of Jesus on a sidewalk outside an Oakland abortion clinic

Reverend Walter Hoye

A soft-spoken Baptist minister was arrested in Oakland, California, in 2009 and thrown in jail for holding up a sign outside an abortion clinic that read “God loves you and your baby. Let us help you.” Walter B. Hoye II sat in jail because he stood peacefully outside the Family Planning Specialists abortion clinic offering women another option. BLACK AND PRO-LIFE IN AMERICA tells Hoye’s incredible story of not only sharing the love of Jesus on a sidewalk outside an abortion clinic, and then in jail itself, but how his pro-life beliefs shunned him from the black community.

Written with a forward by Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., BLACK AND PRO-LIFE IN AMERICA is a nearly unbelievable tale. How could a man who stood peacefully outside an abortion clinic be arrested and thrown in jail? Even the men in Hoye’s jail cell didn’t believe his story until they saw a newspaper story about him.

Author Robert W. Artigo, an investigative journalist and an award-winning screenwriter, delivers Hoye’s story through the lens of the ordained Baptist minister’s own personal history as the descendant of black slaves and the disciple of his hero Martin Luther King Jr. BLACK AND PRO-LIFE IN AMERICA delivers a compelling story of a man who refused to bow to the opposition and forgo his calling to offer help to women in need, most of whom were black like him.

“Few people are willing to suffer targeting and deprivation of freedom for the sake of justice,” said the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco. “Walter Hoye is one such hero. Anyone who looks for inspiration to do what is right, no matter the cost — or doubts the logical and moral coherence of being black and pro-life — needs to read this book.”

Full story at Christian Newswire.

Comments

  1. St. Christopher says:

    Look forward to reading the book. Rev. Hoye is a true saint among us; where are our Catholic bishops, by comparison? Worrying and fretting about child sexual abuse, rather than doing the Lord’s work. Actually, our bishops are worrying more about not displeasing the Pope and his minions, like the reprehensible “Cardinal” Cupich (although we must pray for him and for the Pope). They do go to very nice venues for their eternal schedule of meetings and conferences, though. How about scheduling the next one at a monastery or seminary (you know, one of the almost empty ones)?

  2. Walter Hoye is truly a modern day hero!

  3. I know Pastor Hoye and his wife Lori personally. They are gentle, loving Christians. It is easy to see Jesusʻ presence and voice in them. I introduced them to my school children a few years ago after Holy Mass to show the children what a living saint looks like.

  4. Is he Catholic?

  5. What in the world is a “Catholic” website doing by promoting a book by a “pastor” of a heretical “ecclesial community?

    • Mark, neither did the Good Samaritan that the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned have the fullness of the Jewish faith, but he had enough faith for our Lord to memorialize him in a parable. God bless Rev. Walter Hoye and bring him into the fullness of faith and His Heavenly Kingdom right alone with the rest of us..

      • Martin Luther did some good stuff too. Under your rubric Ann, lets canonize him too!

        • I never canonized Walter Hoye — just said that I hope someday he would become a saint, and that we do too. Martin Luther was Catholic and went into heresy. I think Walter Hoye was a Baptist or a Protestant from the beginning and brought up in inculpable ignorance. Just a hope, not a canonizatilon of any of us

          Perhaps I “jumped the gun” on Jamie Schmidt, but from all I have read, she lived a holy Cattholic life and died a martyr for purity. Sorry if I am wrong.

  6. Yes, Reverend Walter is like a Saint on earth! I have the pleasure of knowing both him and his lovely wife Lori!!

    They should be on all media outlets telling their story!!! They are both people the young African-American youth should be looking up to as a role model instead of so much of the terrible and immoral ‘celebrities’ that are everywhere on television, movies and sports!!!!!!

  7. Tee Bohnar says:

    Walter Hoye is the son of a most popular, well liked. now deceased “Chaplai Vi” at the San Diego Women’s Jail for many years Vi Hoye..
    Chaplaih Hoyer spent her vacations from the jail traveling the back waters of various African countries traveling by bus, donkey and long hikes along trails to meet with indibgenous people, bring them the news that there was a God and that God loved them.
    Walter is doing the same thing to a different population.

  8. Mark, Reverend Hoye is more Catholic than a lot of ‘Catholics’ I have met!!!
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